Girardi | KEESE: setting the standard for EXCELLENCE in LAW practice
A world-class law firm with unsurpassed results. for 46 years
when Thomas V. Girardi opened the doors of the Girardi Firm in downtown Los Angeles in 1965, he had a vision of building a law firm that would help anyone who had been injured, by providing excellent counsel and a willingness to go to court to help them achieve a measure of justice.
“There is a moral component to every one of our cases, and that’s been true since day one,” says Girardi. “That’s allowed us to create a world-class law firm that’s truly here for the little guy.” That philosophy has made Girardi | Keese into a firm that has succeeded far beyond Girardi’s original dream. Today, it employs 30 lawyers and 30 law clerks in an office downtown where “there’s something always happening,” reports partner David Lira.
The firm has achieved more than $20 billion in verdicts and settlements during its history, including $4.85 billion against a pharmaceutical company for harm caused by one of its drugs; $2.2 billion for California consumers defrauded by a power company in the California energy crisis; $785 million against an aviation firm; $633 million for the residents of Hinkley, California against a power company; and $545 million in a class action suit against an insurance group. While big dollars tell part of the story of Girardi | Keese, it leaves out the large impact the firm has had on the thousands of people who walk through its doors.
“One of the things that’s most amazing about Tom and the firm is that it’s still a firm that represents a single individual who suffered an injury because it’s the right thing to do,” says partner Robert Finnerty. Because of that, leading trial lawyers including David Lira, Bob Finnerty, Amy Solomon, James O’callahan, John Girardi, David Bigelow, Keith Griffin, John Courtney, and Andre Rekte, have amassed more million-dollar results in California than any other plaintiff firm. “And now we’re creating a whole new generation of trial lawyers who will be here to help those who’ve been injured,” says Lira.
In the past few months, two of the firm’s younger lawyers achieved magnificent results. Christopher Aumais had a jury return $3.3 million (the offer was $100,000) and Alexandra Steele was successful in obtaining a jury verdict of $2.4 million (the offer was $250,000). The firm takes great pride in its results and in the character of its lawyers, as well as the preparation it brings to each case. “One thing that sets us apart is the resources we can dedicate to each case,” says Lira. The firm conducts millions of dollars of research on its own dime, hiring the best experts to ensure that each client has the best shot at justice. He adds, “and we do this almost always with absolutely no cost to the client unless we win.”
“Always, always there have been the fundamentals that existed then and do now,” says Solomon, who joined the firm in 1986 as a law clerk, “We have the passionate desire to fight for the little guy. And to help the people who have been harmed to get their lives back to the beat that it can be done, and to do that in the most professional and ethical way. But always, we have an eye on putting 12 jurors in the box and letting the civil justice system do what it does best. That has never changed and will never change. We all learned from the beginning from Tom that being a trial lawyer is about being the ultimate warrior for the voiceless.”
David Lira, Amy Solomon and Thomas V. Girardi